Creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson challenges the way we’re educating our children. He champions a radical rethink of our school systems, to cultivate creativity and acknowledge multiple types of intelligence.

Why you should listen to him:

Why don’t we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it’s because we’ve been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies — far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity — are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. “We are educating people out of their creativity,” Robinson says. It’s a message with deep resonance. Robinson’s TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006 (985,874 views and counting).

The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? “Everyone should watch this.”

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government’s 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

“Ken’s vision and expertise is sought by public and commercial organizations throughout the world.”

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4 Responses to Ken Robinson ‘Changing Education Paradigms’

  1. Rita says:

    This is brilliant. I wish the powers that be see sense in what Sir Ken says and change the system of education the world over. Otherwise, we will have a planet of robots only in this third millennium.

  2. Annabelle says:

    This resonated with me so much. Ken Robinson is a genius.

    Being forced to pursue a ‘traditional’ college major because my father was paying for my education, I ended up with a degree that I never used professionally. I was so frustrated and bored in school that I thought I had a learning disability. In the antiquated way of thinking of my parents generation, one had to focus on becoming a doctor, lawyer, engineer, banker – something “traditional.” If you did not excel in math or science and leaned towards liberal arts, or ‘non-traditional’ subjects, my parents pretty much made up their minds that I was going to be somebody’s wife and raise their grandkids.

    I can’t wait to watch Sir Ken’s piece on Passion.

    • kaymontano says:

      This is exactly why I posted it. I think he’s a genius and makes traditional ideas of education look antiquated and a bit redundant in today’s world. Most importantly, there are so many people walking around who have never realised their true potential and real selves. So glad you read it.

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